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Speak Out for April 17, 2013

Girl Scouts learn how bake bread PanerBread OrlPark Thursday April 11 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Girl Scouts learn how to bake bread at Panera Bread in Orland Park Thursday, April 11, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 18, 2013 6:38AM



Panera Bread’s Bakers-in-Training program sounds like lots of fun. Hopefully the Girl Scouts from St. Christina School in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community enjoyed their artisan baker experience.

A recent The Daily Splash column highlighted what hard work, dedication and determination can achieve in academics. Kudos to Tim King, founder of Urban Prep Academies. King and all of his college-bound students are a stellar example of what guidance, encouragement and genuine parental involvement can achieve. Good luck and much success to all the 2013 graduates. Knowledge is more precious than gold. Use your talents wisely.

Bernie B. from Palos Heights

Why do we need to send oil to the Gulf Coast through a pipeline through the middle of the United States? We can just build a refinery in North Dakota and truck the refined product everywhere by train and truck. This would put more people to work permanently.

Ed from Oak Lawn

It may have become lost in the pension problems but what happened to school district consolidation? This needs to happen. There are cost savings that the state of Illinois needs now.

Fourteen people were wounded at Lone Star College in Texas with a knife. Possibly they were life-changing wounds. I propose we ban all knives but plastic knives. No more steak, butcher, boning, paring or any knife with a sharp blade. No blades over 3 inches. I won’t blame the crazy with the knife; I’ll blame the knife.

I am part of the working poor, but I am denied welfare. I guess I could take the easy way out to get it, but I work more.

I don’t care if the lead levels in baby food are below the U.S. Food and Drug Administration standard warning levels. Zero levels should be the FDA level. Personally, I think the FDA is not doing enough for the public’s safety. How can we get changes?

Rather than being so fixated on “safe routes” for Chicago schoolchildren, people in these neighborhoods can become more fixated on eliminating gangs. I think they know who the gang members are, as do the families of gang members, yet they look the other way. Apparently no one will cooperate with police. Marching down the street saying, “Stop the violence,” will not stop gangs. Making gangs unwelcome, not just by the police but the communities, is a step as important as “safe routes.”

Chicago

Many registered voters in Tinley Park “helped” to decide that things will remain the same by not voting. As shameful as that is, it was even worse in other municipalities. It is the perfect example of why the same politicians are elected year after year and, in Tinley’s case, decade after decade.

Tinley Park

I wonder what those opposed to gay marriage are so afraid of. How would it affect you? If you truly follow Jesus Christ’s teachings you would know you are not in a position to judge. Jesus never mentioned homosexuals. He preached tolerance.

Kathie from Crestwood

How can somebody who should have been chastised for being a traitor have the nerve to tell veterans to “get a life”? Vets are upset because they feel Jane Fonda should not be playing the part of former first lady Nancy Reagan in the new movie “The Butler.” Hanoi Jane should ride off into the sunset.

Paul from Posen

When the gasoline prices broke $2 and $2.50 per gallon the Democrats screamed bloody murder and called President Bush a greedy oil man who didn’t care. Now that the gas prices have broken $4 per gallon it seems that there is not a peep from Democrats about President Obama driving up the gas prices with his terrible policies. People are now wishing to pay $3 per gallon, something that was totally unheard of before.

The Illinois Pollution Control Board is allowing Midwest Generation to avoid restrictions on sulfer dioxide emissions in Joliet, Romeoville and Waukegan plants through 2016, affecting the air hundreds of millions of people breathe. The S.S. Badger continues to dump more than 500 tons of arsenic-laced coal ash into Lake Michigan, poisoning the water that hundreds of millions of people drink. Air and water are our two most important resources. They have been bought off by big business. The politicians have been paid off. The common man loses again.

Pat from Monee

The death of film critic Roger Ebert was unfortunate. However, the state funeral level of attention that his passing is receiving is a bit over the top, a la singer Whitney Houston. We lose great Americans daily as the obituaries would attest. These Americans are those who served in our military and have now passed on. In my estimation, they are the ones deserving extended eulogies.

Tom from Evergreen Park

Between 131st and 151st streets on Wolf Road, the amount of litter from slobs tossing garbage out of cars is shameful. I saw a sign saying, “Don’t mess with Texas, $2,000 fine for littering.” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle should consider doing that and making big bucks with fines.

Bob from Hickory Hills

How do we reduce the shootings and murders? The death penalty. Murderers know that the worst that will ever happen to them is they will get three meals a day, medical care, library use, television, gyms with all of the latest equipment, etc. Thanks to all of the bleeding hearts who wanted the death penalty abolished. They are now the ones calling for the end to all this new violence. Please go away and take your utopian vision with you.



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